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BSoUP Meeting - October 2013

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Room G.01 in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Martha Tressler : Understanding Lenses. This continues the series of BSoUP technical talks based on "The Underwater Photographer" by Martin Edge. The lens on the front of your camera is as important as the camera itself and determines the type of image you will be able to capture.  This review will cover some of the key points for understanding how lenses behave and therefore which lenses you may choose to use.

Martha is a BSoUP committee member and last gave a talk in the technical talk series in February.

Lenses
Understanding Lenses

Blue shark by Jane Morgan
Blue shark by Jane Morgan (1/3)
Last year's winner

Best of British Portfolio Competition

There were a total of 16 entries. Two portfolios were subsequently withdrawn and one was disqualified as the images were not taken in British waters. The  remaining  13 portfolios may be viewed in the Competition Slideshow as a pdf. You will be asked to login, if you have not already done so this session.

Some  of the images were submitted at a higher resolution than 72 pixels/inch and have had to be resized for projection in Powerpoint. As a result  they do not appear as sharp as they might otherwise. It seems that a few of you do not read the rules before entering!

Martyn Guess: How I got the Winning Shot. Martyn will  briefly take us through  his ideas on how to give an image impact. He will go through a selection of his  winning images showing exactly how they were taken, the settings used, the equipment, and the lighting techniques. These will include split shots or over and unders, snoot lighting, for macro and wide angle, silhouettes, wide angle shots with sun balls, black and white images and images with  divers. He will finish briefly on how to make a good portfolio. Most of the techniques are for DLSRs, however with the exception of perhaps splits, compact users with external flashes will be able to take similar shots.

Martyn Guess
Martyn's website

Martyn started diving over 25 years ago and has from school days had an avid interest in photography. His first forays into underwater photography were with a Nikonos film camera in Grand Cayman with Cathy Church.  He currently uses a full frame Nikon D800 for wide angle and a Nikon D7100 for macro, both in Nauticam housings, travelling the world with his model wife Sue seeking out new underwater photo opportunities. A self-confessed warm water diver, his ambition is to get more into UK diving and to the surprise of many diving friends joined them under the water in Selsey this summer! A dry suit is on his shopping list at the forthcoming dive show.

His images regularly appear in national and international competitions, where he has had a good deal of success.  This year he has won BSoUP's Theme Portfolio and the Underwater Excellence competitions. His images appear regularly in dive magazines and travel brochures and he teaches underwater photography in his home pool. In his spare time he is a commercial property developer based near Guildford Surrey.


Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio Competition. Trevor's portfolio comprised Long spined sea scorpion guarding its eggs taken in Loch Fyne, Scotland with a Nikon D90, with a Tokina 10-17 lens, Split level image, of a brown trout in a winter landscape taken with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 10.5 lens and a Common newt from having fun in his garden pond at Leigh near Worcester taken with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 60 lens

Congratulations also to Warren Williams and Robert Bailey who came second and third respectively. Warren's images of autumn leaves were taken in three different rivers in England. Robert's portfolio comprised a Pike taken in Dosthil Quarry, an urchin feeding taken in the Farne Islands and a Yarrel's Blenny taken in Loch Long, Scotland.

There were a total of 16 entries of which 2 were withdrawn and one disqualified as it was not British.

1st © Trevor Rees
1st © Trevor Rees

 

1st © Trevor Rees
1st © Trevor Rees

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 60 13
2 Warren Williams 41 9
3 Robert Bailey 35 7
4= Alex Tattersall 19 2
4= Keith Lyall 19 2
6
Caroline Robertson-Brown
9 1

The top six may be viewed in the new Gallery by clicking on the photographer's name in the list above.

BSoUP Members only may view all 13 entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

If you are not in the top six and would like to know how you scored please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's Competition is the Beginners Portfolio. The deadline is Sunday 10th November at one minute to midnight. Please read the Rules before entering via the Online Entry Form, which will be available shortly.

1st © Trevor Rees
1st © Trevor Rees


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